Homemade old fashioned ice cream basically consists of an egg yolk and sugar base combined with a hot cream mixture. Add in a few wonderful extras like some ruby red summer produce and a vanilla bean and you turn something basic (yet still wonderful) into something extraordinary.
Now, I have to know… are you a dish or a cone person? I, myself, am both. When I order ice cream I have them serve it up in a dish with the cone on top. That way I won't spill a drop plus I won't miss out on a sweet cookie cone. Enjoy!
- 4 cups strawberries, stems removed, sliced
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1/4 cup golden brown sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- Combine the strawberries with the lemon juice and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a bowl. Toss until the ingredients are well incorporated and allow to macerate in the refrigerator for several hours to let the natural juice of the strawberry come out.
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks. Add granulated and brown sugars as well as salt and whisk together until lightened in color and smooth.
- Pour the half and half, the heavy cream, and the vanilla bean into a medium saucepan, over medium heat. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally while pressing onto the vanilla beans to extract the flavor and the seeds, and then remove the pot from the heat.
- Use a ladle to transfer one spoonful at a time of the hot cream to the egg yolk mixture while whisking the entire time. Your goal is to slowly mix in the hot mixture to temper the eggs but not to cook them. Continue to slowly add the hot cream while whisking until all of it has been thoroughly combined.
- Return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over medium low heat. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. For me, this was more of a gut feel thing to know when it was ready, but you can definitely tell when the mixture has thickened. Do not let it get to the point where the eggs begin to cook. You should be able to touch the mixture with your finger without burning it.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least four hours.
- Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into a bowl and set over another large bowl filled with ice water. Stir to cool the mixture down. You want the custard to be ice cold before churning.
- Stir the chilled strawberry mixture into the custard.
- Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's directions. I was able to process the entire batch at once in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. This should take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Freeze for a couple of hours to allow the ice cream to harden. Then scoop and enjoy.